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Dutch trying to analyze what went wrong

Bert van Oostveen, head of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), has confirmed that an internal investigation into the Euro 2012 performance of team Netherlands has begun.

Van Oostveen met with coach Bert van Marwijk met last Thursday to discuss the current conference, where the Oranje lost all three group games for the first time in their 108-year history.

"We have had discussions with various people in and around the Dutch national team and the KNVB," Van Oostveen told De Telegraaf.

"We will continue discussions next week as well. This evaluation is a process. Only when we know exactly what went wrong, and who is responsible, will we draw our conclusions.”

"Netherlands play against Belgium on August 15 and, by then, everyone will know where they stand."

He also clarified that coach Van Marwijk will not lose his job as a result of the disastrous performance.

"We have a contract with the coach until 2016. It is our intention to continue with him, so that he can work with a renewed Dutch squad for Euro 2016 in France."

On another note, Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff has spoken out about his country's elimination from Euro 2012. He argued that the blame should not be placed on the players, but to the men on top, specifically the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB).

The Ajax icon feels that it is a problem of mismanagement by those who are supposed to be overseers.

"Every problem starts at the top," Cruyff wrote in his column for Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "There have been huge mistakes. Especially in the last year."

"Our performances went downhill, and no measures were taken. Many teams have taken more and more characteristics of Dutch football, and we were pretty much the only team not to."

"What happened at the European Championship was a result of two years earlier [at the World Cup]."

The 65-year-old gave a positive note though, "The only bright spot was the debut of Jetro Willems. That is the only innovations I have seen from the Dutch team."

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